Halachic Musings: What to Do Without a Keilim Mikveh

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Most people make a number of purchases for Pesach, and this year many people are suddenly making Pesach for the first time. In light of the...

Rabbis Urge Women to Use Tahor App

  Frightened about coronavirus? You’re not alone — this pandemic has put everyone on edge. For Jewish women who use the mikvah, quarantine and social distancing present new challenges to...

Halachic Musings: Emunah and the Corona Crisis

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman COVID-19 has brought about enormous change in our society. There are curfews; no weddings (or a 50-person maximum at weddings, with police oversight); no yeshivos in...

Halacha Yomis: Daily Halachic Companion From OU Press

OU Press, the publishing division of the Orthodox Union, announces the publication of Halacha Yomis: A Daily Halachic Companion. Containing 354 brief selections, one halacha for each day of...

Halachic Musings: How NOT to Speak to Older Singles

  They live, work and daven among us. They are our brothers, our sisters, our cousins. Perhaps they did not marry yet, or perhaps they married but it did not...

Halachic Musings: Political Yarmulkas in Shul

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman  When readers first read the headline of this article some may say, “You mean these rabbis are now saying I can’t wear my MAGA yarmulke in...

Halachic Musings: The Dangers of TikTok

  The TikTok app has been the talk of the community lately. TikTok is an increasingly popular social media app, with hundreds of millions of users. This article will discuss...

Halachic Musings: Shabbos Robbery

  Though thankfully they are happening less frequently, robberies do take place, and they can be pretty scary. According to the FBI’s statistics, there were 685,766 home robberies in 2018,...

Halachic Musings: Shopping the American Dream

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Yeshiva Week” is over and almost everyone has returned from midwinter vacation. Some enjoyed a staycation; some went to Eretz Yisrael or Miami; some went skiing;...

Halachic Musings: Checking Quinoa

  Last month a kashrus alert was issued regarding quinoa. It seems that quinoa sold in the Northeastern United States was found to be infested with bugs due to issues...
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